Silver Cross of Merit
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Also in Vladimir Lewin collection
The collection consists of a mortgage book (Ksiega Hilpofeczna) cover, photo, documents, letters, medals and a Hanukkah lamp.
Cross of Valor medal, 1944 (awarded only during wartime).
Silver Order of Merit on the Battlefield medal (awarded only during wartime).
"Poland Victory and Liberty - May 9 1945" medal.
Medal awarded by the Soviet Army - Russian words translate as "We are the Victors - 1941-1945."
Documents and photographs related to the Holocaust-era experiences of Vladimir Lewin and his family, originally from Pinsk, Poland (Pinsk, Belarus). Material related to Vladimir consists of identification cards including his Titolo di Viaggio per Stranieri used in 1970 when he left Poland via Italy to immigrate to the United States; military papers including Vladimir’s discharge papers and booklets commemorating medals he earned with the Soviet and Polish armies; and a testimony statement by Vladimir related to a restitution claim from the German government. Documents related to Vladimir’s father Lazar Lewin include identification papers, a Soviet bond, a copy of a report on the destruction of the Pinsk ghetto, post-war Soviet legal documents returning property to Lazar, a portfolio cover used to store the reparations documents, a 1946 handwritten testimonial statement in Yiddish, and a typed copy of a letter from Lazar written to his wife Judyta’s sisters in Israel in 1945. Photographs consist of pre-war family photographs including the Lewin family and Vladimir with his classmates. Additionally, there is a copy of a Meldekarte für Juden for Srul Szyja Kołnierzyk found by Lazar in the Warsaw ghetto around 1946. The Meldekarte has a personal inscription in Yiddish that expresses his doubts that he will survive or ever see his family again. Accompanying the copy is a letter to Vladimir and his wife Elizabeth from Vad Vashem acknowledging their donation of the original in 1992.